The Critic ~ Album #5: Lights - Siberia
An enjoyable album, she really reminds me of Ellie Goulding musically and vocally so any fans of her may find something to enjoy on this album, her vocals also have a touch of Lenka on the slower tracks, she is like a good balance of the two.
"Electro-pop" is the term which springs to mind to sum up the albums general musical sound, I really liked her vocal tone, very easy on the ears. Talking of her vocals they do seem to have been tampered with slightly by studio wizardary which was not necessary as she seemed to have a good voice although it adds to the albums intended atmospheric sound so it does work mostly.
I actually didn't have a big problem with any of the tracks individually it was just that by the time I got up to track #7, I felt myself wanting to change to something else. I think the reason for this was that it started to sound quite samey, don't get me I love albums which stay contained within a certain kind of sound/mood but there are ways of keeping it interesting this was the albums weak spot I felt, it just seemed to merge into one mush of sound.
The opening track which is also the title track was very dreamy and infectious and had a whiff of dub-step on its opening, "Toes" took a few listens but it was catchy but not enough to keep it. The track "Fourth Dimension" was a good listen but nothing great, "Timing Is Everything" had a good hook and I liked it, "Everybody Breaks A Glass" & "Where The Fence Is Low" were both good songs quite infectious as well and "Heavy Rope" was a real sweet track.
More than half way through the album now and "Cactus In The Valley" was pretty and introspective, "And Counting..." had a gentle groove which was pleasing and soothing and I enjoyed "Flux & Flow", especially the parts when she shouts and the rap (albeit short) adds an extra layer. The last track "One Day" was a good piece to crash out too, just a big mass of sounds, smooth sounds and distorted sounds a plenty, I enjoyed it but I have more affective pieces in my library and didn't need to keep it!
So my summation on this album is that it's a solid effort and I enjoy a number of the tracks individually but it suffers from sounding quite samey when listening to it as a whole and I didn't hear nothing particularly interesting on the album.
Keepers (in order of best):
#1 Everybody Breaks A Glass
#3 Where The Fence Is Low
#4 And Counting...
#5 Flux & Flow
#6 Cactus In The Valley
#7 Heavy Rope
#8 Timing Is Everything